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allow entry into cell in column C if Y in col B

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    allow entry into cell in column C if Y in col B

    I have a cell in B* which can have either "Y" or "N"
    its corresponding C* - Q* value can have freeform values if B* is "Y" but I only want to allow values from a list in C* (and not any other column) if B* is "N"

    How possible is this and if it is how can I achieve it?

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    Re: allow entry into cell in column C if Y in col B

    I would use DATA VALIDATION for this. Highlight the cells in column C and select
    DATA > VALIDATION > Allow: List > Source: =IF($B2="Y",MyList)

    This presumes the answers you want are a named range called "MyList". If you would rather point directly to a cell range, then:

    Then, the other columns where you want to only allow freeform entry if B* is "N", use this:
    DATA > VALIDATION > Allow: Custom > Formula: =$B2<>"Y"
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